Global Forest Expert Panels (GFEP)

The "Global Forest Expert Panels" initiative of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests  was launched in April 2007 to provide objective and independent scientific assessments of key issues in order to support more informed decision-making at the global level. The initiative is led and coordinated by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). The assessments are carried out by thematic Global Forest Expert Panels uniting leading scientists from around the world.

Following the successful completion of the thematic reports on Adaptation of Forests and People to Climate Change, and on International Forest Governance, on Biodiversity, Forest Management, and REDD+, Forest and Food Security, and on Illegal Timber Trade, IUFRO initiated a new GFEP assessment on Forests and Water in January 2017.  

GFEP Presentation for download

GFEP Publications: Latest Release

Full Report

Illegal Logging and Related Timber Trade - Dimensions, Drivers, Impacts and Responses

Editors: Daniela Kleinschmit, Stephanie Mansourian, Christoph Wildburger, Andre Purret

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Chapter 8 - Conclusions in different languages (language; translator)

Policy Brief

Forests Beyond the Law: Scientific Insights into Illegal Logging and Related Timber Trade

Previous Publications